Getting our CEO

Chairman Peter Botting re-caps the progresses made by Grassroot Diplomat between July - September, 2015.

Peter Botting

Peter Botting

It’s September 2015. The lives of the people of our world seem split in two. A chilling picture of a dead boy washed up on a beach has let people in one part of the world glimpse the reality of peoples’ lives in the other part.  

The challenges facing our world are immense and varied and there are huge expectations from the United Nations and governments worldwide. There is much to be done in so many places in the short term and we can only hope that governments, NGOs and the United Nations step up to the mark.  

The world needs robust long term local solutions so people are able to live freely and in peace; so that they can earn an adequate living irrespective of their religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. The terrible situations faced by people in their own countries can only be resolved internally within those countries. 

These solutions cannot be thought up or imposed from the outside. Movements toward better government through democracy, accountability, transparency and economic sustainability must come from the people within their respective countries, they must come from the grassroots. Helping to equip people who want to play a role in their country’s progress, and recognising those who are already doing so, is what Grassroot Diplomat is all about.  

This quest for nirvana sounds naive, especially from a tiny under-resourced fledgling organisation like Grassroot Diplomat, but there will never be a perfect time to start. However small and under-resourced we are, while genocide, conflict, human trafficking and the discrimination and mistreatment of people because of their race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation are a daily reality for millions, we are doing what we can, one step at a time. 

Since our last magazine, we have been strengthening our Board and working on our training program. Our first Grassroot Diplomat training session is scheduled for February 2016 in Albania. We are launching our Grassroot Diplomat Alumni Business networking event in this November and have been preparing for our 4th Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards ceremony which will take place in April 2016.  

The best news of 2015 for Grassroot Diplomat is that our energetic CEO Talyn has left the government to work for Grassroot Diplomat full time, which will make a huge difference to the organisation as we continue to move forward. 

A lot has changed in London, as well. There is a new majority Conservative government and the House of Commons is full of many new Members of Parliament. There are also a number of new Ambassadors in London, and we look forward to getting to know many of them over the years ahead.  

If you would like to hear more about our training programmes, or feel potentially able to contribute ideas, time, money or resources to support us, please contact our Chief Executive Talyn on We would be delighted to meet you.